Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.
This weeks words come courtesy of my 7yr old son after a conversation about Lego. I was telling him how good I thought his latest creation was (the cave in the above picture) and he started to tell me about his friend at school who never knows what to build unless he has instructions to follow and the advice he gave him:
“I never know exactly what to build either but I just start by just placing one block and then adding another and another until it starts to take shape and I know what it is meant to be. I like placing blocks evenly to create a good base and then move upwards, keeping it even and balanced so it doesn’t break. Every now and then I sit back and look all around it from every angle and if something doesn’t look right I move it or take it off, then I keep going. Once I’ve gone up a few layers I get pictures in my head of how I want it to look and then I make it like that. When I’m happy with it I’ll go choose some more blocks in different colours that I like and start another base.” M, Age 7
That kid never fails to amaze me. On the surface this was just a conversation about how he builds his lego models, but to me it sounded like a great philosophy for life.
How many times have you wanted to do something but just didn’t know where to begin or how to make it happen? I feel like it all the time. It’s so easy to overthink things (the subject of previous post: Don’t Overthink) and procrastinate and put things off, wishing that someone would come along and give us a roadmap and tell us exactly how to do it. What we really need to do is just start; place one block at a time and see where it leads us, stepping back periodically to assess what we have done so far and fix what doesn’t sit right, then keep moving forward.
This is one of my all time favourite quotes and one I try to remember regularly. To hear this basic philosophy reflected back to me from the mind of a 7yr old was pretty powerful and I knew these had to be the words for this week. It can be applied to all areas of your life, whether its a work goal, a personal dream, a lifestyle change; break it down into ‘blocks’ and place one at a time.
You might not know every step you need to take, and sometimes looking too far ahead can be so daunting it puts you off, just make a start, focus on what you can do now and do that, then take the next step and the next and so on.
If we think about it too much we can scare ourselves out of taking action at all, just like my son’s friend who rarely took part in their lego building sessions. He was so worried that he wouldn’t be able to come up with anything or that it wouldn’t be any good that he never even tried.
Other times it might be case of thinking through all the things you will need to get or the skills you will need to acquire before you can do something, but this is just another way to put it off. Just take one small step, place one small block, and work with what you have, the rest will come as you move along.
So, this week, whatever it is you have been putting off or worrying over, break it down and just place one block.
I have created a workbook to go along with this week’s words which you can access here:
Have a great week everyone x